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Hyde Park & Kenwood Issue: Shopping & Services

Bike stores, high-quality cookware, a "potted-plant gallery," and more



Blackstone Bicycle Works Blackstone fixes and tunes up bikes for a reasonable price, sells used and refurbished bikes and used parts, and stocks new merchandise like lights, locks, helmets, and pumps. Housed in the Experimental Station (see Martha Bayne's story about the 61st Street Community Gardens in the front of this issue), it also runs an after-school youth bicycle-education program (see also Volunteering).  Winter hours (through the end of May): Tue-Fri 1-5 PM, Sat noon-5 PM, 6100 S. Blackstone, 773-241-5458, —Jajah Wu

DJ's Bike Doctor, Inc Established in 2008, DJ's is a small, friendly bike shop that sells new bikes and accessories but specializes in repairs. Owner David Jones, who's been in the bike biz for 30 years, is often on hand to share his knowledge. Summer hours will start in the next few weeks, depending on the weather; in the meantime winter hours apply.  Winter hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri noon-5 PM, Sat 10 AM-5:30 PM; summer hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-5:30 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1500 E. 55th, 773-955-4400, —JW

Drawers Intimates Located on an out-of-the-way corner, this sex-toy shop began as a lingerie store nearly two decades ago. There's still lingerie on the shelves, but the store now also carries a variety of dildos, vibrators, XXX movies, board games, flavored condoms, and edibles. Prices are reasonable (vibrators under $30 and all movies $25 and under).  Mon-Sat 1-7 PM, 1450 E. 52nd, 773-947-8800,—JW

Fair Trader Chicago Started in 2007 by three friends who began serving fair-trade coffee over at First Unitarian Church, this modest, friendly shop stocks fair-trade clothes, jewelry, home decor, and gifts. Fresh goodies arrive every two weeks; locals stop in to browse the new wares and sometimes just to chat with the owners.  Mon-Fri 11 AM-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-5 PM, 1623 E. 55th, 773-966-5269, —JW

Freehling Pot and Pan Student-kitchen outfitters should probably head to IKEA, but serious cooks may want to shell out for the quality cookware here. Nifty gadgets, books, linens, and a small but fascinating selection of spices guarantee some quality window shopping.  Mon-Sat 10 AM-6 PM, 1365 E. 53rd, 773-643-8080. —JW

Hyde Park Hair Salon Famed for its services to the president, this salon and barber shop boasts other celebrity clients too, including Devin Hester and Spike Lee. In addition to the basics, it offers specialty cuts, tints, and dyes. Still, the 83-year-old institution has remained unassuming, and while it can get busy, a big screen that shows the game helps pass the time. It's currently the subject of an art exhibit at Hidden Pearl Gallery (see Art & Museums).  Mon-Fri 9 AM-7 PM, Sat 8 AM-6 PM, Sun 8 AM-5 PM, 5234 S. Blackstone, 773-493-6028,—JW

Parker's Pets Hyde Park's only pet boutique draws customers from inside and outside the neighborhood for its wide selection of hard-to-find goods, including human-grade pet food, organic catnip toys, Himalayan yak- and cow-milk dog chews, Swedish dog puzzles, chihuahua-size Ed Hardy hoodies, and the elusive Dog Beer. Food delivery is available for a fee.  Mon noon-6 PM, Tue-Fri 11 AM-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, 1342 E. 55th, 773-643-7387, —JW

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